Kat Edmonson’s short stature and pixie cut might not be the first image you would expect behind her voice if you had just heard her music. The Texas native’s vocal control is astonishing, she glides effortlessly between tones; from lilting elegance and a scintillating falsetto to a confident and not at all unpleasantly raspy gravel. Kat’s first record, the 2009 release Take To the Sky, investigates the root of what can turn pop songs into standards.
Joe Jackson might be best well known as the writer of the 1979 hit Is She Really Going Out With Him? Jackson – born in Staffordshire, England – has had 5 Grammy nominations over a long and illustrious career in music spanning over forty years. Jackson’s music has ranged from light pop-rock to jazzier numbers and even classical influences that characterize his more recent work.
This session of World Cafe’s Latin Roots music series is hosted by Chicago-based journalist Catalina Maria Johnson. She writes in Spanish and English for publications such as HOY, Revista Contratiempo, Gozamos and Nat Geo Music and is a regular radio personality and hosts/producer for the radio program Beat Latino, which airs in Chicago, Mexico City and Berlin.
Kelly Pratt is no amateur to the music world. The multi-instrumentalist has been recording and touring with bands such as Coldplay, Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem, and Beirut since 2006, but recently stepped into the spotlight after forming the indie rock band Bright Moments. Pratt started writing while on tour and first released a solo disc in 2008 under the name Team B, but was restricted to whatever he could accomplish on his laptop on the road.
Brendan Benson has been called one of America's greatest songwriters. Since 1996, this native of the Detroit suburbs has been creating his particular brand of power-pop alternative rock. But Benson has not always encountered his current level of critical acclaim. He got his start after following a girl to California in the mid-90’s. Benson’s homemade demo led to a quick chase by record companies.
Archie Powell & The Exports have been making waves with their power pop indie rock sound. Frontman Archie Powell has been surrounded by music from an early age; his father was a violinist in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Powell picked up guitar at age 11 and songwriting was a natural next step.
Grace Potter has been captivating audiences with her musical prowess since 2002. Her talents are split between her impressive multi-instrumentalism, her impassioned vocals, and her energized stage presence. Potter's band, The Nocturnals, was founded because of her talent – band mate Matt Burr saw her perform folk songs at a student-run venue.
As a young man, Anders Osborne had a wanderlust unmatched. At 16, he left his home in Uddevalla, Sweden, to hitchhike through Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, eventually making his way to the United States. When he came upon New Orleans, Osborne knew he'd found his home. The Crescent City has come to inspire Osborne's raw, soulful blues sound. A force to be reckoned with, Osborne has developed a musical mastery spanning from a muddy backwater blues to an upbeat country rock, filling all the gaps in between. His lyrics resonate as powerfully as his slide guitar, and in his almost three decades state-side, Obsorne has made himself a staple of contemporary blues-rock.
Osborne has been featured on albums with the likes of Keb'Mo' and his song "Watch The Wind Blow By" earned contemporary country legend Tim McGraw a #1 hit. Osborne's latest album, Black Eye Galaxy, was released in May.
MIND OF A JUNKIE
WHEN WILL I SEE YOU AGAIN?
Recent Release: Black Eye Galaxy
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Label: Alligator Records
Band Origin: Sweden
Indie rock singer-songwriter Damien Jurado has come a long way from his humble beginnings self-releasing cassettes of his lo-fi folk recordings. The Seattle-based artist recently released his tenth studio album, Maraqopa, which is his second album produced by Seceretly Canadian label-mate Richard Swift.